2020

President Trump must cease his attacks on the post office and our election process

Today, President Trump explicitly stated that cuts to the United States Postal Service (USPS) were an effort to curb mail-in voting. In response, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “President Trump must end his war on the United States Postal Service and our democratic institutions. A vibrant and fully operational postal service is critical to our

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Stop playing politics and fund safe and secure elections

As coronavirus stimulus negotiations appear to have reached an impasse in Congress, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement:  “House Republicans have called for additional federal funding for safe and secure elections. Senate Rules Committee Chairman Roy Blunt has called for additional emergency federal funding. Election officials across the country have called for additional federal funding. It’s

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Issue One calls on Congress to protect elections, restore the Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act (VRA), one of the most significant and successful pieces of civil rights legislation ever passed in the United States, was signed into law 55 years ago today. In response, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN), who both served for many years with the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA),

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President Trump’s call to delay the election is irresponsible and ignores the Constitution

In response to President Donald Trump’s tweet today suggesting the November election should be delayed, Issue One ReFormers Caucus Co-chairs Amb. Tim Roemer (D-IN) and Rep. Zach Wamp (R-TN) released the following statement:  “The president’s claim, months out from the November election, that it is rigged and somehow ‘corrupt’ is reckless and preposterous, and the suggestion to delay it is

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20 groups from across political spectrum urge Donald Trump and Joe Biden to reveal information about their campaign fundraisers

In an effort spearheaded by Issue One, 20 organizations from across the political spectrum today urged the campaigns of President Donald Trump and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to publicly report information about their top campaign fundraisers — often referred to as “bundlers” — on a regular basis ahead of the 2020 presidential election. “Government accountability depends on transparency

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8 numbers to know from the newest 2020 campaign finance filings

Despite the public health and economic crises spawned by the coronavirus pandemic, money continues to pour into the 2020 presidential race, according to new campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.  Here are some of the most vital numbers to know from these new campaign finance filings, which detail the money presidential candidates raised and spent in April:

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Coordination Watch, May 2020: Media reports draw attention to coordination issues with super PACs, outside groups in 2020 races

Outside groups, especially super PACs and dark money organizations, frequently skirt anti-coordination rules designed to prevent wealthy donors and special interests from garnering undue influence in our elections– effectively violating contribution limits that protect against “corruption or the appearance of corruption.” Begun earlier this year, Coordination Watch identifies notable instances of coordination between outside groups and candidates.  This project details

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Four things we learned from the newest House and Senate campaign finance filings

While the spread of coronavirus has upended the lives of Americans across the country and changed the nature of campaigns, congressional candidates are still facing pressure to fill their campaign coffers. Last week, all candidates filed new campaign finance reports, detailing their fundraising and expenditures between January 1 and March 31, 2020. Here are some key numbers to know, based

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Issue One applauds downpayment on voting assistance in stimulus bill, calls on Congress to provide more resources in future measures

Following the announcement that the Phase III stimulus bill includes $400 million in election assistance to help states prepare for the 2020 election cycle, Issue One Executive Director Meredith McGehee released the following statement: “Congress has just made a solid downpayment on making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and fair.  “While it falls short of the amount Senator Amy Klobuchar

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